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Best lineup strategy for Timberwolves vs. Warriors NBA Showdown

We take a look at the Showdown contest on DraftKings between Minnesota and Golden State, giving you Captain’s Picks and who to fade.

Malik Beasley of the Minnesota Timberwolves shoots the ball against John Collins of the Atlanta Hawks during the game at Target Center on January 22, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Hawks defeated the Timberwolves 116-98.  Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

The Golden State Warriors are set to host the Minnesota Timberwolves in one of Monday’s final NBA games at 10:00 p.m. ET. The Warriors are looking to bounce back from a two-game losing streak, while the Timberwolves are looking to string together a second straight win after topping the New Orleans Pelicans in its last outing. A key injury puts Minnesota at a major disadvantage in this one. Let’s go over how you could approach Showdown contests on DraftKings centered around the matchup.

Captain’s Picks

The two Warriors that come to mind for this are Stephen Curry ($15,900) and James Wiseman ($10,500). Curry will likely be the most popular choice, as no other player in this contest comes close to his ceiling when his shot is falling. He’s up against a terrible defensive backcourt that could be missing D’Angelo Russell because of a quad injury. Curry has the highest DKFP average in this contest by a wide margin, but a subpar game could make paying up for him a waste.

Wiseman has tallied 24 or more DKFP in five of his last six games and has a major advantage against the Timberwolves’ undersized center rotation. He’s a little pricy given his streakiness, but Minnesota's rebounding struggles and lack of length to protect the rim bode well for Wiseman.

Malik Beasley ($12,300) stands out as the top dog for the visiting team. He’s played more minutes than any of his teammates this season and could see his average of 32 minutes per contest fo up during Russell’s absence. He’s scored more than 20 points in six games this season and is shooting 37 percent from deep on 7.2 attempts per game. It’s hard to see any other Minnesota player taking hold of the Timberwolves’ offense.

FLEX Plays

Ricky Rubio ($6,400) is awfully cheap for a starting point guard with Russell out and could return a ton of value at this price point. He hasn’t flashed his fantasy potential much but being one of the few primary ball handlers available for his team benefits him. He’s scored at least 21 DKFP in five of his last six games with Russell in the fold and could take a big step forward with more exposure.

Andrew Wiggins ($8,000) has come into his own and has shot 52.5 percent from the field and 45 percent from three over his last five games while tallying under 30 DKFP. His knack for blocks complements his scoring and rebounding consistency. Only Curry plays more minutes than Wiggins, so it’ll be hard to fade him in this matchup.


If you roster Wiggins, it’s probably best to stay away from Kelly Oubre Jr. ($7,400). The other Warriors wing is much more of a streak shooter and isn’t quite as versatile as Wiggins when it comes to stuffing the stat sheet. I’m not saying Oubre is unplayable, as he could be a quality leverage play in GPP contests. He’s made eight field goals over the course of his last three games, so I’m willing to look elsewhere.

The Outcome

The Warriors are 8.5-point favorites and should cover the spread easily, with the opposition missing the player who runs the offense. Golden State’s offensive firepower and size advantage should keep Minnesota out of reach. The Timberwolves have lost by double-digits three times in their last five games, which happened with Russell.

Final score: Warriors win 121-110